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Michael Bay Reuses Shots From 'The Island' In 'Transformers 3,' World Shrugs, Continues With Day

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 5, 2011 1:34 AM
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"Transformers: Dark of the Moon" is sitting pretty at the top of the worldwide box office at the end of the long weekend, having taken a staggering $400 million worldwide in 7 days. But poor Michael Bay can't return to the aircraft carrier that he lives on and get on with planning his next picture, the low-budget crime flick "Pain and Gain" because in an EARTH-SHATTERING CONTROVERSY, Bay has been accused of plagiarism. And true to the director, it's alleged that he's ripped off the one helmer that Michael Bay loves most: Michael Bay!

'Dream House' With Daniel Craig & Rachel Weisz Gets A Nightmarishly Bad Poster

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 5, 2011 1:14 AM
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Plus New One-Sheets For 'Killer Elite' & 'The Whistleblower'While we don't want to be that guy, necessarily, there are some films that start to look like disasters from miles away. No one sets out to make a bad picture, but sometimes fate conspires in the worst possible way, and a pile up of misfortune leads to something that, even months before release, is clearly fated for horrible reviews, worse box office and a quick trip to the bargain bin. Think "The Stepford Wives," "Bewitched," "The Invasion," or even films that Nicole Kidman wasn't in, like "Jonah Hex," "Bonfire of the Vanities," or, most recently "Mars Needs Moms" -- films reshot, recut and delayed until they made even less sense than they did before.

Danny Boyle Wants Colin Firth and Scarlett Johansson To Join James McAvoy In 'Trance'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 4, 2011 10:27 AM
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Zoe Saldana and Mélanie Thierry Also In Contention, Michael Fassbender Definitely OutIf there was every any doubt, after work like "Shallow Grave," "Trainspotting" and "Sunshine," Danny Boyle has firmly planted his feet among the A-list of directors: he's had two Best Picture nominees in a row, with the first of them, "Slumdog Millionaire" winning a Best Director Oscar; he's scored a big stage hit in "Frankenstein"; and he's been handed the responsibility for the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics. While the latter will take up most of Boyle's next year, he's not going to be totally absent from the film world; it was announced a few months ago that he's planning a new heist thriller, "Trance," a remake of the 2001 British TV movie.

L.A. Film Festival Review: 'Salaam Dunk' A Colorful Portrait Of Modern Life In Iraq

  • By Leah Zak
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  • July 4, 2011 1:19 AM
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Of the majority of images and video to be coming from Iraq right now, “Salaam Dunk” stands aside from the pack. Colorful, hopeful and charming, ‘Dunk’ follows a women's basketball team at the American University of Iraq -- Sulaimani. We see their wins, their losses, what brought them to this team and how being a part of it has changed and shaped them, because for many of the girls it was the first time they had ever picked up a basketball, much less played on a sports team.
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Watch: Lush International Trailer For Studio Ghibli's Latest 'Arriety'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 4, 2011 1:05 AM
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Despite the patronage of Disney and John Lasseter, the work of Hayao Miyazaki has never quite made the impression abroad that it has in its native Japan, where his films number among the all-time biggest grossers: in the U.S. 2009's "Ponyo" is his most successful film, despite the raves given to "Princess Mononoke" and "Spirited Away." At the same time, it has at least been demonstrated now that there is an audience for both his films and those of his professional home, Studio Ghibli, and it's now common for those films to get a U.S. release, even if Miyazaki himself isn't at the helm.

Weekend Box Office: 'Transformers 3' Obliterates 4th Of July Weekend Record

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • July 3, 2011 5:19 AM
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But Underperforms Domestically Over 5 Days, 'Larry Crowne' Can't Get Out Of First GearThere's astronomically good and slightly bad to report as the sequel to a less-than-critically-loved-blockbuster-created-solely-to-move-toys hit the marketplace. Michael Bay's “Transformers: Dark Of The Moon” underperformed domestically compared to its predecessor. It grossed $97.4 million in its Friday to Sunday opening box-office weekend, compared to the $108 million "Transformers:Revenge of the Fallen" accumulated in 2009 without the aid of inflated 3D ticket surcharges (and yet, it's won the top-grossing weekend of 2011 so far). But an overseas bonanza did take place as expected. Hauling in $372 million worldwide so far, "Transformers: Dark Of The Moon," set the record for the third best worldwide debut of all time. And good news for ailing 3D numbers -- approximately 60% of the ticket sales came from theaters using the stereoscopic visual format.

Rewind: Chatty Shia, Mysterious 'Prometheus' And The Week In Movies, June 26th-July 2nd

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • July 2, 2011 2:52 AM
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This week was active at The Playlist. Speculation about "Prometheus" led to a load of weird, gossipy rumors powering the film news industry leading up to the opening for "Transformers: Dark Of The Moon." Meanwhile, The Playlist produced a number of can't-miss pieces of original content.

Elizabeth Banks Producing A Capella Comedy 'Pitch Perfect'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 1, 2011 12:14 PM
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In the world of "Glee" and "High School Musical," of comedies about spelling bees and debate teams and cheerleaders and frat houses, it's almost staggering that we've managed to go through the history of cinema without a film focusing on college a capella groups. But fret no longer! Nature abhors a vacuum, and as such, and hot on the heels of that one scene in "The Social Network," a comedy focusing on the backing-free singing groups is now in the works.

But Of Course: 'Snow White And The Huntsman' Is The First Of A Planned Trilogy

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 1, 2011 11:12 AM
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There are many arguments to be made that "Star Wars" ruined the movies, but one of the more persuasive is the way that it popularized the idea of the trilogy. George Lucas didn't invent the concept (that would have been the Ancient Greeks, thank you), but by making both the original films and the prequels, he popularized the concept, ensuring that almost any hit film would be intended as only the first part of three films, each one bigger than the last. And to a degree, it makes sense: it mirrors the three act structure that virtually every screenplay uses as a template, enabling a complete story with ups and downs to be told over a longer running time.

Spike Jonze Directing Video For New Beastie Boys Single... With Action Figures

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 1, 2011 10:32 AM
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We might be a couple of years away from Spike Jonze's last feature, the tremendous "Where the Wild Things Are," with only the loosest of movements towards his next, a reunion with writer Charlie Kaufman, but the director hasn't been idle. He's helmed a terrific short film, "I'm Here," as well as collaborations with two of the best bands around, LCD Soundsystem and Arcade Fire, on "Drunk Girls" and "Scenes of the Suburbs." And now, it looks like the director's coming full circle, teaming up once again with one of the bands with whom he launched his music video directing career.

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